What is Cyber Essentials?
Cyber Essentials is a government-run information assurance scheme which is guided by the National Cyber Security Centre. The scheme aims to encourage organisations to become better at warding off common types of cyber attacks such as phishing attacks, malware, ransomware password guessing and network attacks.
So, why is it important?
Businesses large and small all have one thing in common, and that’s information. Data protection and cyber security are crucial business requirements which cannot and should not be overlooked; as failure to do so, can and will have some very severe consequences further down the line. Substantial fines from the government are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg here; with a recent study finding that 60% of businesses who have suffered a data breach are forced into bankruptcy within six months, it pays to be proactive here. Having a Cyber Essentials certification ensures that common targets for cyber criminals are shielded through a rigorous self-assessment, providing customers and clients alike added reassurance and peace of mind.
Ensuring that your IT provider is compliant and up to date with the latest certifications is an absolute must for any business, large or small. For some, having a Cyber Essentials certification is, in fact, mandatory for companies who work alongside the government or bid for contracts, so by having this certification or an IT provider that’s certified can be the difference between winning a contract or not.
While many companies do not have the IT resource in house to ensure that all angles are covered when IT security is concerned. Outsourcing IT to experts is a wise move for any business faced with this predicament, as it’s both cost-effective and functional. Having a certified Cyber Essentials IT provider will undoubtedly save your business an unwelcome headache and keep your business from ending up as another statistic. Speak to CIS today and find out how we can protect your IT infrastructure.
AT CIS, we take cyber security and data protection seriously; our proactive approach ensures that IT infrastructure is protected at the highest standard with the latest technologies. Our expert staff continually work to ensure total cyber security governance for all of our clients.